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New Balance Ultra Tour of the Peak District – recce days
July 16, 2012, 1:37 pm
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We are pleased to release the NB – UTPD race preparation/recce dates and details – see below:

Recce Day 5th August 2012
Venue: Whirlow Hall Farm
Cost: FREE to all race entrants, £6 otherwise.

10am Arrive and split into race groups
10.15 Introduction to the Event and weekend (Ian Loombe ULTRA, Stuart 12.12)
– What to expect, registration etc
– Tour of the Site – where is everything?

The Route
– Detailed description of both routes (Ian Loombe ULTRA, Stuart 12.12)
– CP’s, marshal points and using Si Dibbers etc.

Preparing for an ULTRA or a Trail Race (Stuart Hale)
– Final Training Weeks
– Carbo Loading and Race Day Nutrition
– Running an ULTRA and Race Day Planning
– What’s happening Race Day (Ian)
– What to expect at the Feed Stations/Changeover points.

Route check – 12.12 course and start/finish of the NBUTPD (15 miles of running loop).
NBUTPD should mimic ultra running pace and walk the ups.

NOTES: please bring a pack lunch, Tea and coffee provided.
Don’t forget running snacks and hydration.
Full waterproof cover will be needed.


Big Running Weekend Article in Run247
July 6, 2012, 9:34 am
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The ULTRA Tour of the Peak District has received a massive boost and takes ultra-running in the UK to another level. Part of a festival of trail running, the ‘BIG Running Weekend’, event organisers have announced that New Balance will be the premier running brand sponsor of the both the ultra and other events taking place across the August Bank Holiday Weekend. “We are very proud to have New Balance on board”, said Stuart Hale, joint Big Running Weekend co-ordinator and Director at Sheffield based running store, Accelerate. “I have been working closely with New Balance on this project and they have confirmed a massive amount of support for all of the events, especially the ULTRA”.

New Balance will headline the weekend’s blue ribbon event, the New Balance ULTRA Tour of the Peak District and will ensure that the prize fund for the race will be unequalled in an UK ultra event. The winner can expect to receive a cash prize of £200, a pair of New Balance shoes of choice, along with prizes from Nathan and Injinji, plus entry to next year’s race. The fund for 1st man and women, each, totals over £450 in value. The total prize list across the ultra and ultra relay is valued in excess of £3,000, plus trophies.

The 56-mile New Balance ULTRA Tour of the Peak District starts from Whirlow Hall Farm, on the edge of the Peak District National Park and immediately heads out onto local trails, visiting some of the most iconic areas within the Park. With a 24-hour limit the race is looking to attract novice ultra runners to the country’s best. The course ascends a total of 2,722 metres and it is expected that the winner will complete the course in around 8 hours.

Samantha Matthews, New Balance’s Marketing Manager said “Running is at the core of New Balance so we’re thrilled to support the Ultra Tour of the Peak District and the Big Running Weekend. We’re looking forward to an exciting weekend of trail running and to presenting the nine winners with prizes from our performance collections.”

The New Balance ULTRA Tour of the Peak District has already started to receive entries, which include the experienced Dan Shrimpton, winner of the Hardmoors 55 (2011), plus current leader of the UK Ultra Running Championships, Stuart Walker. Local runner Lewis Banton also steps up to this distance for the first time and is considered a possible contender. The event has also received confirmation that the ULTRA Tour of Peak District is a qualifying race, worth 2-points for the “The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®” Stuart Hale commented: “This is fantastic news that we’ve been awarded this accolade in our first year – we’re really pleased that the Ultra Tour of the Peak District can be part of people’s journey to The Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®”

The BIG Running Weekend is also sponsored by local company, Peterman Forklift Trucks. Entry Information:

Entry details are online at www.bigrunningweekend.co.uk